Bristol’s new Dental School officially opens

The University of Bristol’s new, purpose-designed Dental School officially opens today, Friday 8th September.

The £36 million facilities are located at the University’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus and will provide the very latest clinical training for the education of dentists, hygienists and therapists, dental nurses, and wider dental team.

Spanning 7,300 square metres at 1 Trinity Quay, Avon Street, the Dental School will enable the University to increase the number of available student places by around 25 percent, with Bristol dental students contributing even more significantly to the local and national dental workforce. The refurbishment of the building has been led by construction company Kier Group.

There are 119 dental chairs over six clinical areas where students will be supported by a team of dental nurses, dental technicians, sterilisation staff, and patient administration teams. The increased space will also allow the University to respond to the NHS Long Term Plan which sets out a growth in dental and hygiene/therapy training.

Free dental treatment for the local community by undergraduate students, under the supervision of qualified clinical dentists will continue to be available at the new site. This is one of the first models for delivery of this training in the UK where a Higher Education Institute has direct responsibility for running CQC registered clinical facilities in which dental professionals train and has been designed in consultation with local NHS commissioners and Healthwatch Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Bristol dental students deliver up to 60,000 episodes of patient care to adults and children across the city and surrounding areas each year. If we are recruiting volunteers, and patients meet our acceptance criteria, they will be provided with a single course of treatment. Once that treatment is complete, patients will be discharged but can re-present for assessment in the future. The school will run a daily [during university term time] emergency dental clinic with patients being booked exclusively via 111. This service will double the daily availability of emergency dental appointments in the local area. All appointments will be pre-booked, and we are unable to accept any walk-in patients.

Reflecting the ethos of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, the University has been working closely with Bristol City Council and many local community groups, including via its Barton Hill Micro Campus, during the planning of the project. This has resulted in recruitment to various new roles at the Dental School and building relationships with local people so they know about the free treatment that could be available to them. The team will also be working closely with local schools, opening up opportunities for studying, and learning more about, careers in dentistry.

The design of the building is complemented by public art featuring bespoke characters The Denticles, created by Gav Strange, Director & Designer at Aardman, the Academy Award®-winning animation studio based in Bristol. These take the form of five sculptures at the front of the building as well as character cushions for the children’s waiting area. In addition, local artist Bex Glover has designed and painted two murals incorporating the toothy characters – one for the main reception area which features Bristol landmarks and one for the children’s waiting area with animals, plants, and flowers local to the area.

Dr Barry Main, Head of the Dental School and Consultant Senior Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, said: “The majority of teaching in our new primary-care facility will enable students to work as part of multi-professional teams. Being alongside trainees in dental hygiene, therapy, and nursing mirrors the environment of real-world practice. While we will retain our links with local NHS partners to deliver training in specialist clinics and in postgraduate education, our new primary-care focussed model will allow a tailor-made approach that ensures each student leaves us ready for day one of foundation training. Our new curriculum, developed in the last five years, is underpinned by an ethos of personal development, evidence-based practice, and integrated patient care. And our new School will bring the practical embodiment of that curriculum to the benefit of our students and their patients, as we continue to provide treatment in an inclusive environment for the local community.”

Final year dental student Joey Brett said: “I’ll be going into the final year of my dentistry degree, and I’m really excited about working in the new Dental School. The interior of the building has been completely redesigned for its new use. The bays are spacious and appealing to both patients and caregivers and there is a fresh and modern feel throughout. It will be a really nice environment in which to welcome patients and I hope our patients will feel the same. The location, right next to Temple Meads railway station, is convenient. The new school sits at the heart of an area of the city undergoing redevelopment and there are great views over Trinity Quay. It just helps make a visit to the Dental School more pleasant.”

Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice-Chancellor, and President of the University of Bristol added: “It is fantastic to see these wonderful new facilities open today. This marks a significant milestone for the University’s strategy as we embark on a mission to both revolutionise dental education and make a profound, positive impact on our local community.”

Jason Taylor, Regional Director at Kier Construction Western & Wales, said: “We are extremely proud to have delivered this project, which will provide the University of Bristol with more capacity and new, high-quality facilities for its dental students. This project builds on our long-standing relationships in the city with the University, Bristol City Council, and our strong local supply chain. Kier is committed to delivering social infrastructure for communities, and the new dental school is an important development which will benefit the people of Bristol for years to come.”

Gav Strange, creator of The Denticles said: “We’re delighted that the Denticles will be there to welcome visitors to Bristol’s amazing new Dental School. We hope they’ll bring some extra fun and make people smile.”

All images courtesy of University of Bristol.

New fluoride varnish training launched by BOS

Orthodontic Therapists and Dental Nurses are being given the opportunity by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) to gain an additional skill in fluoride varnish application by completing the brand new Fluoride Varnish teaching package that is available now on the BOS Virtual Learning Environment.

Director of Education at the BOS, Dr Sally Walker commented, “I am delighted that the education committee has been able to launch this initiative to provide training in application of fluoride varnish to patients undergoing fixed appliance treatment. Application of fluoride varnish is recognised by the GDC as an additional skill which can be developed by DCPs and completing this training package will provide dental nurses and orthodontic therapists with the skills required to be able to do this safely.”

To access the content for free at, nurses and therapists need to be members of the Orthodontic National Group. This has a myriad of benefits and costs just £30 per year –

Dentsply Sirona launches novel sustainability educational curriculum for dental professionals

Global initiative arrives following study results indicating knowledge gaps

Sustainability in dentistry is now a key challenge for the oral healthcare sector, with a large majority of dentists – 7 out of 10 participants – expressing that the dental industry is lagging behind when it comes to sustainability, while 80% say that it is really important that our industry reduces its environmental impact. These are key findings of the Global Sustainability in Dentistry Study*, which was commissioned by Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies The study, in which more than 1,300 dentists from the UK, United States, Brazil, Germany, France, China and Japan participated, also revealed that 69% of dentists admitted that they did not know how to start implementing concrete sustainability actions but were eager to learn more.

“At Dentsply Sirona we are determined to contribute our knowledge, technologies and passion to this important cause,” says Cherée Johnson, Dentsply Sirona’s Chief Legal Officer and Chair of Sustainability Committee. “We commissioned this study to understand how dentists around the world view sustainability and where they look to us and the industry for support.”  She continued: “Sustainability is one of the most prominent and important topics in society today and Dentsply Sirona, as a member of the dental industry, must play its part in protecting the planet and improving the quality of lives around the globe.”

Sustainability Educational Curriculum for Dental Professionals

To address the existing knowledge gap among dentists, Dentsply Sirona has now launched the first course of its comprehensive Sustainability Educational Curriculum. Delivered online and for free through the Dentsply Sirona Academy, each of the five interactive courses is led by experienced experts and will focus on a different aspect of sustainability.

The curriculum introduces dentists to the biggest challenges and opportunities for the dental industry, industry-wide initiatives and ideas and resources that dentists can use to help further sustainability in their practices and beyond. The first course is now LIVE and will be followed by additional modules in 2023. Participants will receive CE credits upon successful completion of each course, as per the Academy of General Dentistry in United States and Canada

*Global Sustainability in Dentistry Study organized in 2022, Link to Study Report

Dental education just got a refresh

Updating skills, understanding the latest technology and keeping up to date with developments across the ever-changing dental environment are all essential elements of working in dentistry.

Henry Schein Dental has always recognised the importance of supporting professional development with comprehensive, high-quality and affordable learning for the whole dental team. Now, as new technologies continue to emerge and material science evolves, continuing education and training has never been more important.

That is why Henry Schein is delighted to announce the launch of their newly refreshed and expanded dental education website

With a new look and enhanced functionality, users can browse through a wide-ranging selection of webinars from across the dental industry, or take a look at the upcoming live events and courses hosted by key opinion leaders and experts on a variety of dental topics.

Seek and you shall find!

The new search bar enables dental professionals to search for any topic and see what educational opportunities are available, including upcoming in-person courses, online courses and webinars. They will also discover a library of recorded webinars and online content on a host of dental disciplines in an easy-to-navigate online catalogue – all available on demand.

The content ranges far beyond clinical subjects, with resources from Henry Schein Dental’s impressive portfolio of suppliers and partners. A ten-minute browse will serve up a video demo of an intraoral scanner, an on-demand webinar on buying a dental practice and an opportunity to book some in-practice training on infection control.

It’s also possible to search by topic, by type of education or by date using the calendar which shows, at a glance, which days have courses or events available.

Keep CPD up to date

Gaining verifiable CPD is an essential component of a dental professional’s life-long learning. That is why all the featured webinars, online courses and hands-on workshop sessions have clear learning outcomes to provide delegates with high-quality CPD.

Once CPD has been completed, it’s easy to request a CPD certificate via the updated, user-friendly CPD generator. After completing a short online form, the CPD is validated and a certificate sent out, which can be used as evidence of CPD hours completed.

Keep track of news and upcoming events

The events section keeps track of all the upcoming dental events and trade shows throughout the year, where there are opportunities to get advice from Henry Schein’s team of product specialists and see equipment and products in action.

The news section features the latest blogs from Henry Schein Dental and their partners, keeping readers up to date with all the industry news.

Whether the aim is to expand skills in endodontics, orthodontics, cosmetic, restorative or surgical dentistry, to source training in dental decontamination or to search for business advice on ways to boost the practice, is the place to go.

Visit today to see what’s new and search for a course.

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The ITI launches Diploma in Implant Dentistry

The ITI (International Team for Implantology) has launched its first credentialing program, the ITI Diploma in Implant Dentistry, a further building block in its broad program to support life-long learning for professionals in the field.

The ITI Diploma is a structured program for experienced professionals who would like to validate their proficiency in implant dentistry. It takes participants through a process based on eight clinical case submissions and an oral examination. Awarded by the ITI, an internationally recognized leader in evidence-based implant dentistry education, the ITI Diploma testifies to the holder’s professional competence.
In line with the organization’s reputation for scientific rigor combined with concern for the welfare of patients, the ITI Diploma process is challenging. It therefore also represents an opportunity to demonstrate an internationally recognized level of competence in implant-related treatment. The program centers on the skills of the clinician in combination with evidence-based treatment protocols towards predictable, long-term stable outcomes.

“The ITI Diploma in Implant Dentistry fits in ideally with the ITI’s purpose to engage and inspire the global dental profession to strive for excellence in implant dentistry,” said Merete Aaboe, Chair of the ITI Board of Studies. “It perfectly complements the ITI Curriculum at foundation and intermediate level along with the ITI’s broad offering that all aim to cover the education needs of professionals from beginner to expert.”

The program is open to professionals with at least 3 years’ experience of placing and/or restoring implants who are able to document clinical cases. An entry exam is required for all candidates who do not hold the ITI Curriculum Intermediate level certificate. A short pre-test on the ITI website provides an idea of the kind of questions asked in the entry exam.
Registration is now open, and the program will officially kick off at the beginning of September 2022. Further information and registration are available on the ITI Diploma website at

Exclusive live orthodontic education event with Dr. Luis Carrière, the inventor of the Carriere Motion Appliance

The goal of the course is to provide orthodontists with the knowledge of progressive concepts and technologies that improve efficiencies, finishing excellence, and an overall comfortable patient experience

Optident, a Henry Schein company, will present a special full-day live education event to advance the future of orthodontics on 15 December 2021 at Royal College of Physicians in London.

Dr. Luis Carrière, who obtained his dental degree from the University of Complutense in Madrid, Spain, in 1991, attended the University of Barcelona to receive his Master of Science in Orthodontics in 1994, and in 2006, his Doctorate in Orthodontics, Cum Laude, and Dr Mario Chorak, who graduated at University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in the US with High Distinction in 1999, and earned his Certificate of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from the Oregon Health Sciences University in 2001, will present new paradigms in clear aligner therapy to an intimate audience – demonstrating orthodontists how to achieve ideal clinical results, whilst offering patients accessibility, comfort, and building up valuable relationships along the journey.

Dr. Carrière will discuss in detail his Minimum Touch Orthodontics approach, which is growing in popularity. In conjunction with the SAGITTAL FIRST™ philosophy, self-ligating brackets & aligners, Dr. Carrière will simplify some of the cost complex cases using these techniques. Following this, Dr. Chorak will present his combination cases using both the Carriere MOTION 3D™ APPLIANCE and Reveal™ Clear Aligners, from basic to advanced clinical cases.

Henry Schein’s Reveal® Clear Aligners (Reveal) is a convenient solution for patients looking to enhance their smile, with a treatment plan approved by a dentist of their choosing. The aligners are designed with patient comfort and aesthetics in mind and are clearer than most other aligners in the market. They reduce or eliminate the need for attachments in mild to moderate cases, featuring a smooth scalloped edge to enhance patient comfort. Henry Schein’s Orthodontic Specialists provide in-practice support of the system and advice on how to incorporate aligner workflows into your treatment plans.

This course is open to all dental professionals with an interest in orthodontics. More information on the course and the registration can be found under:

Sign-up for Success Simplified – a free webinar sponsored by 3M

On November 18 at 7pm, 3M Oral Care is sponsoring a special workshop focusing on “Success Simplified”.  Titled ‘Success Simplified – Triangle Theorem 180 to 360’ and hosted by world-renowned prosthodontists Dr Akit Patel and Dr Carlos Sabrosa, this is one webinar not to be missed!

The session will introduce the concept of “Success Simplified” – A comprehensive guide to streamline the indirect restorative workflow. The webinar will give an overview of the indirect workflow, delving into each stage of the process and looking closer at how to save time and retain excellent outcomes through correct selection of temporisation materials, dental cements, adhesive strategies and more.

Dr Akit Patel and Dr Carlos Sabrosa will share tips and tricks from their own experiences, sharing clinical cases and demonstrating how you can achieve outstanding outcomes in a straightforward, stress-free way.

To register your free place for this exciting session, follow the link below. You will also earn 90 minutes of CPD:

For more information, call 08705 360 036 or visit

3M and Success Simplified are trademarks of the 3M Company.

College of General Dentistry launches facial aesthetics qualification

The College of General Dentistry (CGDent), the UK’s only professional body dedicated to primary dental care, has formally launched its Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics.

Serving those who are considering entering this growing area of practice but have little or no prior experience, the course is designed to be flexible to suit the needs of those working in general dental practice, while equipping them with the theoretical understanding and practical skills they need to offer cosmetic injectables to their patients.

The college is represented on the Education and Training Committee of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), the body which sets standards for cosmetic practice and maintains registers of appropriately trained cosmetic practitioners, and CGDent’s comprehensive programme has been carefully designed to align with the JCCP’s competency framework, with a syllabus covering:

  • Facial anatomy, morphology, physiology and the principles behind the use of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers
  • Assessment and treatment planning for non-surgical aesthetic interventions
  • Administration of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers and the management of complications

Participants can enrol at any time and may take between 6 months and 2 years to complete the programme, which combines online learning with face-to-face teaching and practice available in four locations. The modules include observation and performance of at least 40 cases, all of which are provided and 20 of which are mentored on a 1:1 basis, with participants given a choice of dates and clinical sites.

The programme is delivered by RASA Academy and led by Dr Jalpesh Patel, a dental practitioner, advanced facial aesthetic practitioner and member of the JCCP’s Practitioner Register Committee. Dr Patel holds a Master’s in Aesthetic Dentistry from King’s College London, in which he graduated with distinction, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine from the University of Manchester.

Dr Patel recently delivered a series of online seminars for the College of General Dentistry, entitled Introduction to Non-Surgical Facial AestheticsFacial Aesthetics: Clinical Cases and Applied Anatomy, and Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics: Complications. All three are available to watch on ProDental CPD via the above links.

The new Level 7 qualification builds on the heritage of the Faculty of General Dental Practice, which ran a Masterclass in Facial Aesthetics programme from 2009-16.

Dental professionals interested in applying should visit

Get your implant career back on track

Learning. It’s an essential and unavoidable part of life for all. For the modern dental professional, it is also the key to job satisfaction for a long and successful career. As life in the dental practice begins to find rhythm again, getting your personal goals back on track should be the next priority.

For instance, are you interested in acquiring the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to effectively deliver implant treatment within your surgery? This can be a highly rewarding field of dentistry that offers many opportunities to advance your capabilities and broaden the patient services you offer. To do it right, you need high-quality instruction, clinically proven products and the dedication needed to grow this side of your business. Selecting the best training programme from the many currently available in the UK market is the first and one of the most important steps.

Have you heard of the PG Cert in Implant Dentistry delivered through Ucer Education? If you have, you’ll already know the quality and support associated with the course. If you don’t, it could be just the opportunity you’re looking for. The next course is set to commence on 25th May, having been rearranged due to COVID-19.

Unmatched instruction

The PG Cert in Implant Dentistry concludes in an official level 7 qualification awarded by EduQual. To ensure it fulfils all the requirements of the GDC / FGDP(UK) Training Standards in Implant Dentistry (TSID, 2016) and supports the latest Standards in Implant Dentistry, it is delivered by a selection of highly respected tutors and instructors. Leading the team is

Specialist Oral Surgeon, Professor Cemal Ucer. He alone is a Professor and Clinical Lead of the MSc programme in Dental Implantology and a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as well as a member of the Faculty of Examiners of the RCSEd Diploma in Implant Dentistry. He is also a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology and a Past President and Honorary Life member of the Association of Dental Implantology.

Content and format

The 12-month, modular programme has always taken a blended learning approach, making it more convenient for clinicians to work around their practice and family commitments. It has also made it simpler to create a Covid-safe learning environment for delegates moving forward.

Clinicians have the opportunity to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills during training, ensuring they have the capabilities to place and restore a range of simple to moderate dental implant cases. What’s more, the course is somewhat unique in that it provides multi-system instruction, with implant solutions from Neoss, Megagen and TRI Implants taught during practical sessions. Working with an array of industry-leading providers, the programme also utilises Ethoss, Geistlich and Zimmer Biomet biomaterials to give delegates a well-rounded learning experience.


As if the instruction and format of the course weren’t enough, it is also provided using the unparalleled facilities of the ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute and Hospital in Salford Quays, Manchester. It consists of seven surgeries, a dental laboratory, a fully equipped operating theatre and day care surgery facilities, as well as a team of consultant anaesthetists and all the appropriate medical staff. There is also an advanced diagnostic centre featuring the complete digital workflow with a Morita CBCT machine, Trios and Cerec intraoral scanners, 3D printers and the latest digital treatment planning software.

Further enriching the learning experience are the interactive lecture rooms and webinar facilities. This gives delegates the perfect view while watching live surgical procedures from the in-house surgeries, demonstrating the calibre of teaching facilities for the PG Cert in Implant Dentistry.


Importantly, tuition does not stop once the 12 months are up. Mentoring is an important element of this course with Ucer Education and clinicians have access to on-going support once the programme is complete. If you have questions about a particular case, if you’re looking to build your portfolio or if you’re looking to further progress your skills after an appropriate amount of time, there will be help available to you. In fact, the PG Cert is just the first step for many dentists in their implant career as it provides a solid foundation for those wishing to advance onto the Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination of the Royal College of Surgeons, or an MSc in Dental Implantology.

Interested? Find out more by contacting the team today!

For more information on the PG Cert in Implant Dentistry from Ucer Education – beginning 25th May 2021 and supported by Geistlich, Megagen, Neoss, TRI Implants and General Medical – please visit or call Prof Ucer on 07767 645331 or email

Oral-B teams with University of Leeds to help dental professionals address childhood tooth decay

Addressing the issue of childhood tooth decay, will involve some difficult conversations with parents and carers. Oral-B has worked with the University of Leeds to develop a range of material to help dental professionals address the issue in a positive, non-judgemental way, which will help foster on-going good oral health habits amongst children. Establishing tooth brushing and healthy eating in early childhood is a strong predictor of oral health in adult life.

The material is available to download on Oral-B’s professional website, There’s a range of age specific leaflets for those who prefer hard copies for patients to take home. Alternatively, those wanting a digital format can download one of several videos, which include guidance and tips for cleaning, explaining why baby teeth do matter, and the importance of healthy eating.